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Weekly and Monthly Icons on a Daily Calendar

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000103761D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-18
Document File: 1 page(s) / 57K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Nguyen, T: AUTHOR

Abstract

A method is described for visually representing the scrolling controls on a daily calendar in a more intuitive, aesthetic, and uncluttered manner.

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Weekly and Monthly Icons on a Daily Calendar

      A method is described for visually representing the scrolling
controls on a daily calendar in a more intuitive, aesthetic, and
uncluttered manner.

      On a daily calendar where the top display line contains Weekly
and Monthly pushbuttons followed by the date and then Previous and
Next pushbuttons, these pushbuttons, which are used for scrolling,
clutter the calendar with unintuitive words and actions that are not
normally seen on a paper calendar.

      The solution is to replace the Weekly and Monthly pushbuttons
with friendly, familiar-looking calendar icons (large or small).
These icons allow the user to interact with the calendar in a more
instinctive manner since it follows the familiar paper calendar
paradigm.  In addition, the Previous and Next pushbuttons are
replaced with a left and right arrows spin control.

      This layout of the daily calendar makes it more intuitive,
friendly, and familiar looking to the user since the perimeter of the
calendar is no longer cluttered with extraneous words.  Thus, it
follows the user's paradigm of a paper calendar.

      The icons for the weekly and monthly calendar views are
universally understood and make the how to for the different calendar
views scrolling visually apparent to the user.  They do not distract
the user as much as the Weekly and Monthly pushbuttons, yet they
still allow the user to scroll to different calendar views.

      Si...